Daily Archives:December 6th, 2018

First Holy Communion

SACRED Heart Cathedral – English Sunday Faith Formation First Holy Communion…It was a hectic but happy and a memorable event when 117 candidates were prepared and received their First Holy Communion including seven from Datuk Simon Fung and five from special ministry (right photo), Oct 20, 2018. The occasion was celebrated by Fr Paul Lo and assisted by Deacon Russell Lawrine. Later, a fellowship dinner, certificates and gifts presentation were held to mark the occasion. Congratulations and welcome to the table of the Lord. May the Holy Spirit be their guide and may they continue to deepen their faith. Susan Graham

Retreat in preparation for First Holy Communion

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION is the third of the seven sacraments received and is an important rite of passage in a young Catholic’s life. 112 candidates ranging from 10 to 15 years, participated in the two days retreat at Pace Bene, Purak, Papar, which is situated about 42 km from Sacred Heart Cathedral, on 20-21 August 2018. The main aim of this retreat is to prepare the candidates on the importance of receiving the Eucharist and also understanding the sacrament of penance or confession. Apart from knowing the proceedings of the Holy Mass, candidates also learnt how to recognise and use the Catholic Bible. The programme was organised by Sunday School Faith Formation English language class, Anne Charles with Neil Mah as the retreat master. The candidates are to receive their First Holy Communion on Oct 20, 2018. – Susan Graham

The Eucharist Project for young people

KOTA KINABALU – The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian Life” (CCC 1324).

In collaboration with the Catechetical Ministry of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the Parish Youth Pastoral Team (PYPT) planned a three-week program, called “The Eucharist Project”. The aim is to help our young people to understand and appreciate the beauty of the Eucharistic celebration.

On the Sundays of Oct 14 and 21, 2018, PYPT gathered the secondary section of the Sunday School, according to their language groups (Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia), at the Parish Hall and Room F7 for pre-sessions.

The topics shared during these pre-sessions were “What a Friend we have in Jesus” and “Healing in Mass”. They were conducted within an hour, with action songs, input on the topics, and group sharing.

On the afternoon of Oct 28, all three language groups gathered at the Cathedral for the main session by Fr Paul Lo on “the Technicality and Meaning of Mass”. The encouraging attendance of 400  included the students, their parents, the teachers and the Parish Youth. The 3-week program ended with an Eucharistic Celebration at 4pm on the same afternoon.

This was the first collaboration between the Sunday School and the Parish Youth Pastoral Team.

Witnessing the passion for evangelization from the youth and the teachers and going beyond the language differences to make this project possible, has given the organizers much love and encouragement.

Besides the participation of the students and the presence of their parents walking the journey together in knowing Christ presented a positive outlook.

As Fr Paul concluded in the Eucharistic celebration, he hopes that the initiative is not a one-and-only program, but an annual initiative for the growth of our young people. Serena Wong

Karnival Belia gathers 192 youth from 17 parishes

KLANG – Karnival Belia 2018 gathered 192 youths from 17 different parishes under the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur including those of the Diocese of Penang on 28-30 Sept 2018 at the Holy Redeemer Church.

The carnival which was its second edition carried the theme of this year’s World Youth Day “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God” from Luke 1:30.

Karnival Belia was organised by the Archdiocesan Bahasa Malaysia Apostolate (ABMA) led by Charles Eric with another 18 youths from different parishes in the Archdiocese as committee members and six invited youths from Kuching Archdiocese to serve as the music ministry.

Fr Albet Arockiasamy, ABMA Ecclesiastical Assistant opened the event with a Eucharistic celebration, concelebrated by Fr Rudolf Joannes of Keningau Diocese, who was the main speaker for the carnival.

In his first session “Proud to be a Catholic”, Fr Rudolf asked the youths two questions – “What is Catholic?” and “Why are they proud to be a Catholic?” Some gave very interesting answers; to the first question, most of them answered that Catholic is universal. Meanwhile for the second question, most youths said it’s because the Catholic Church has seven unique Sacraments.

In his second session entitled “You and Me”, Fr Rudolf explained the same-sex attraction and what we should do as a Catholic to understand this situation. Fr Rudolf also discussed the four human personalities.

Third session was given by Mabel and Meldrick from Kuching Archdiocese. They shared how music can help us get closer to God. They taught the participants on types of praises and worships. Both also demonstrated on how to praise and worship, which requires one to be immersed deeply during the session and praise God from their deepest heart.

Four church leaders became panellists for the dialogue session on the theme “Hearing the Voice of the Lord”; Brother Raj Manikam SG, Fr Clement Lim, Fr Alberto Irenus SJ and Sr Roseling Siaw Chen FSP with Allesandra Andrew as moderator.

The panellists shared on their journey of faith and their vocation to serve the Lord. They were asked whether they ever regretted answering this call, and all panellists said they have no regrets except peace and joy in serving.

Other activities carried out were Team Building and U-Nite through Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration. Fr Rudolf gave his reflection and explanation on the purpose and the history of the Sacred Blessing of the Sacrament. The night continued with Sacrament of Reconciliation and counselling handled by the priests and religious. Sharings by participants concluded the U-NITE session.

A talk “Emerging Adults” given by Dr Walton Wider, covered topics such as “Marriage of Adults”, “Instability”, “A Sense of Possibilities” and “Feeling in Between”.

In his final session “Becoming a Witness of Christ”, Fr Rudolf expounded on the importance of knowing Jesus Christ and our responsibility to the society.

Last session for Karnival Belia is another dialogue session holding the theme “Do not be afraid to seek the Kingdom of God first”, taken from Luke 1:30 and Matthew 6:33. The panellists, Dr Walton Wider, Mabel and Meldrick shared their experiences throughout their lifetime as a Christian from University years until now. Meldrick said that youths are encouraged to do what they love responsibly, while giving praises to God.

Karnival Belia 2018 ended with the youths commissioned out by Archbishop Julian Leow in the Eucharistic celebration, concelebrated by Fr Albet Arockiasamy.

The Archbishop reminded the youths to not be afraid to be a witness and ambassador of Christ in their daily life, and therefore commissioned the youths out.  Stefan & Mary

Two Sabahan Boys Brigade hold first international task in the Philippines

TAGAYTAY, Philippines – Two Boys Brigade (BB) lieutenants from Kota Kinabalu were called in as trainers in the National Brigade Philippines Leadership Development Course 2018 Camp here organized by The Brigade Philippines from 5 – 7 October.

Jeremy Chin and Alister Lee from 11th KK Company, were given their first international task to speak and facilitate sessions to over 100 members from various Boys Brigade companies in the country. They were also the first Sabahan Brigade officers to be selected as international trainers.

As it was their first international task, they served under the guidance of Mr Ho Hee Mang from 2nd KK company, current BB Sabah State Commissioner and who was also working for BB Asia for this development course.

Jeremy said it was an honour to reach out to other Boys Brigade ministries in other countries. Both Jeremy and Alister facilitated topics on Communication, Squad Management, Games, NCOs roles and responsibilities.

The program was divided into three sections; Senior Leadership 1 & 2, Junior Leadership and a boot camp.

Jeremy said it was a wonderful experience during the camp, “we taught, shared, played and we learned together as how we did in the BB family back home.

“As we were facilitating the sessions, we also exchanged ideas on a case study, exchanged stories of both cultures, lifestyles, activities, as well as the study and working environments and many more.

“The members were very friendly and behaved well. Even during communication and games, everyone participated fully as the games required teamwork in order to complete it and we really had fun. The important thing is no one was left behind as we all journey together.”

The camp ended with the Founder’s Day celebration. It is always held in the month of October annually as it started in the year 1883 in Glasgow, Scotland by Sir William Alexander Smith.

Everyone wore their BB uniform; awards and certificates were also given out on that day. The celebration started with a drill competition which was judged by  international officers followed by the marching- in of the Colour Party Flag, BB Flag and the Philippines National Flag and other activities such as reading the Word of God, sharing and cheering.

The program was well organized and credit should be given due with a big thank you to BB Malaysia, BB Asia, The Brigade Philippines President, Mr Paul Tiu and his Officers for the hard work and unforgettable memories. Jeremy Chin

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